When families go on vacation to another state, it’s, often times, hard to find fun activities to do, especially if you don’t know the area, and New Mexico is no different. And while there are hundreds of amazing things that you can do as a family, here in New Mexico, it’s still hard to choose. That’s why, today, we are going to pick out our top 5 favorite things to do, that you and your family can do as well. So, read on, as we show you the top 5 family friendly activities to do in New Mexico! Enjoy!
1. Russell’s Truck and Travel Center.
As the first on our list, this is actually a free car museum from the Route 66 era. Apart from gorgeous vintage cars, trucks and all sorts of travel memorabilia, this truck and travel center even has a grocery store, a gift store a diner and even a chapel, for those of you wanting to get in a quick prayer before getting back on the 66. And as one of the better pit stops on Route 66, you’ll be able to get a bite to eat, stretch your legs and even get in a few photo ops while your at it. All-in-all, this is a great place to stop by with your family. Definitely a must see.
2. New Mexico Hot Springs.
If there is one thing New Mexico is famous for, that’s its hot springs. Not only do they have a crazy number of hot springs, but they also come in all manner of styles, shapes and sizes. So, whether you are an elder in retirement looking to kick back with a drink in hand, or you’re a youngster looking to explore the backcountry rock pools, there is a hot spring for everyone. For a list of the top 11 best hot springs New Mexico has to offer, check out this article.
3. Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum.
Are you a balloon enthusiast, as in a “hot-air balloon” enthusiast? If you are, this Museum is right up your alley. Don’t expect to see a building packed with big balloons, because this is much better than that. It’s as if the whole history of balloon flights was told in this Museum. Not just hot-air balloons mind you, but also airships such as the Graf Zeppelin and even some U.S. Navy airships. And whatever your age, whether young or old, there are exhibits and collections of pins, international events and even philatelic covers from the balloon flights themselves. So, you’ll find yourself staring for hours on end in this place. A true must-see for you and your family.
4. Tinkertown Museum.
Next on our list is the Tinkertown Museum. While this little attraction only takes up about an hour or so of your time, by the end, it will make the imagination of your kids run wild. Built out of concrete and well over 55,000 bottles, this museum holds over 20,000 handcrafted miniatures, houses, animals and little trinkets. The more time you spend here with the whole family, the more you will want to make your own Tinkertown.
5. Rio Grande Gorge Full Day Whitewater River Rafting.
Of course, what list would be complete without one of our amazing river adventures. As one of our favorites on this list, this the perfect place to start your adventure. This Rio Grande Gorge rafting trip is perfect for the whole family! You’ll be able to experience the thrill of the river and also be able to see all sorts of wildlife, and even get a chance to see the ancient Rio Grande style petroglyphs, or rock art, which makes this exciting adventure a fantastic full day for families, first-time rafters, and groups.
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